Gerbera’s in bloom

My favorite flower is the Gerbera, this one I  have grown in my kitchen window. I think they are such a pretty flower and they come in many colors. It’s a very popular plant and can be used as a decorative plant for the garden or grown for cut flowers.They are often used for weddings as centre pieces and bridal bouquets due to the many colors in their species. They are easily cared for whether grown outside or in. Be careful not to grow them outside while there is still a risk of frost, they prefer milder to hotter temperatures. Gerbera’s really love hotter temperatures and so grow to their maximum potential, therefore growing in full sunlight is a great idea! Always remove dead flowers to encourage flower growth.
I love this quote from Jim Carrey on Twitter, so I thought I would share: 
Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up, and turn towards the light and that makes them beautiful ~ Jim Carrey
I think this quote is perfect for the Gerbera, they just amaze me how quickly they grow. The plant I have had in my kitchen window has been producing blooms since last July and with a little tlc it keeps giving back beautiful flowers. 
Rachel xx

Finding Post Card Competitions

Here are some tips on how to find post card competitions.

A few weeks ago, I decided to start entering post card competitions, because I realized that I had been missing out on entering some very big prizes! Silly me!  A lot of the ITV TV competitions have now stopped their free online entry, and the only other methods of entry seemed to be through texts costing roughly £1.50 a text plus standard network rate, or phoning premium rate numbers, so postcard entries (the cheapest way) it is! The cost of a second class stamp is currently 53p but from 30th March Royal Mail are increasing the price to 54p. Before the price increases I am going to head to the Post Office and stock up!
It is really easy to find post card competitions, they are everywhere! You can find them in magazines, and local newspapers, but the best ones can be found while just watching TV! They are mostly shown onscreen during advert breaks or at the end of the programme. I always have my box of post cards and a pen beside me while watching TV. Oh and always have the Sky+ remote beside you to pause the TV while copying down the address!
When I decided I wanted to start entering post card competitions, I had a look around online to find some lovely post cards to use. I came across these gorgeous Penguin ones, which had a different classic book cover on each one. Its brought my two favorite hobbies together, reading books and entering competitions! I have found it very hard to send some of the post cards for competitions as they have been of my favorite book covers!
A post card top tip! Always write your name and address at a right angle to the address the post card is being sent, to avoid the post cards being returned to you!
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Foam Finger!

 

Foam Finger
I won this foam finger on the 17th February from a Dettol competition and it arrived this week in the post! There were various prizes up for grabs including headphones, iPod s and inflatable guitars and I was lucky enough to win a foam finger! I love it! Cannot wait until the next series of The X factor so I can sit on my sofa with my foam finger cheering along!
It’s not even 10am yet and I have just had a WEM (winning email to non compers!) from my favorite website Goodreads!  Great start to the day! The book I won is called A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall. It looks to be an action, fantasy type of book about a retired warrior looking for revenge. This is one of the genres I am least familiar with so I am really looking forward to it arriving and giving it a go.
So as it’s #WorldBookDay I would like to share with you the types of books I like to read, they vary from horror (Stephen King and James Herbert) to history, romance, non-fiction, crime, autobiographies and science fiction. My favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King. I borrowed a copy off my older sister many years ago and I couldn’t put it down. I have never owned my own copy so for Christmas my husband bought it for me. I was so chuffed! Its now on my to-read list (alongside many other books!)
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Tyrrells Crisps win!

I won  a box of Tyrrells Crisps back in January and these turned up this week! There is an assortment of crisps, popcorn, vegetable crisps and a packet of fried beans which I am eager to try! Thanks Tyrrells!
My win today was of a book from Goodreads (which is one of my favourite websites ever!) called The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly. When I saw this competition I really really wanted to win a copy of this book, as I have read many of his other books. Which include Scarecrow, Iceman, Seven Ancient Wonders, Contest and Area 7. Matthew Reilly is a fantastic action, thriller writer. His books are well thought out with great lead characters. So I am well excited to add this book to my collection!
Rachel x

2014 Wins for Christmas presents!

This is my collection of competition wins, freebies and samples that I have saved up throughout the year to make up my Christmas gift packages.

How to Find Instant Win Competitions

I tried out a couple of instant win competitions today and I won! There is nothing like the feeling of seeing ‘Congratulations’ on the screen right in front of you! They may be only little wins, consisting of 30p off  a bottle of Ace laundry cleaner and  packet of Heinz tomato seeds, but a win is a win! Its really nice to have these little wins arriving through the post while waiting for ‘The Big One’.
Competition Wins and free samples

 

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